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  • Nainggolan left out of star-studded Belg...

    Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan has been omitted from Belgium's squad for this summer's World Cup. The 30-year-old has played a key role in the Red Devils' resurgence in recent years but has struggled to fully establish himself under new manager Roberto Martinez. He was left o...

    Nainggolan left out of star-studded Belgium World Cup squad

    Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan has been omitted from Belgium's squad for this summer's World Cup. The 30-year-old has played a key role in the Red Devils' resurgence in recent years but has struggled to fully establish himself under new manager Roberto Martinez. He was left out of two squads at the start of the current season, with reports claiming his bad-boy image was to blame for his absence. Martinez was insistent the decision was merely tactical, and Nainggolan's hopes of representing his country in Russia were boosted when he was recalled for friendlies against Mexico and Japan in November as well as Saudi Arabia in March. But those have now been extinguished following the announcement of Martinez's final selection on Monday, with Nainggolan missing out despite playing a key role in the Giallorossi's run to the Champions League semi-finals. "First and foremost, we all know Radja is a top player, there is no question about that," the coach told a news conference. "It is a tactical reason. In the last two years, the team has worked in an offensive way, in a very specific manner. "In the case of Radja, we all know he has a very important role at club level and I don't think we can give him that in the national team. "I travelled to see him yesterday in Rome and we had a very good conversation. The decision is not an easy one, I understand how popular the player is, but we have to create the team to try to become a winning team. "It is purely a tactical decision." Martinez has named a 28-man provisional squad for the tournament, meaning there are places for the likes of Christian Benteke and Nacer Chadli, despite disappointing campaigns in the Premier League for Crystal Palace and West Brom respectively. Michy Batshuayi is also included, despite suffering a season-ending ankle injury while in action for Borussia Dortmund in April. Belgium head into the tournament as one of the favourites given the strength in depth which Martinez is able to call upon. Thibaut Courtois is likely to start in goal ahead of Simon Mignolet while the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen and Thomas Vermaelen battling for places in defence. Mousa Dembele, Kevin De Bruyne and Marouane Fellaini are in contention for midfield places while Romelu Lukaku is likely to lead the line, supported by Eden Hazard and Yannick Carrasco. The full squad: Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Matz Sels (Newcastle); Defenders:  Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Laurent Ciman (Los Angeles FC), Christian Kabasele (Watford), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Jordan Lukaku (Lazio), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham); Midfielders: Nacer Chadli (West Brom), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian); Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli).

  • Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Man Ci...

    Pep prepares £100m Hazard bid Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has made Eden Hazard his top transfer priority for the summer, claims the Daily Star . Despite romping to a record Premier League title victory in 2017-18, the manager is keen to reinforce his attack wi...

    Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Man City line up £100m Hazard bid

    Pep prepares £100m Hazard bid Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has made Eden Hazard his top transfer priority for the summer, claims the Daily Star . Despite romping to a record Premier League title victory in 2017-18, the manager is keen to reinforce his attack with Chelsea's star.  But Hazard will not come cheap, with a £100 million ($135m) fee and wages worth £300,000 ($404,000) a week needed to convince the Blues into a sale to their rivals. Man Utd keen on Willian Manchester United are interested in signing Chelsea forward Willian, according to Sky Sports. Jose Mourinho is keen to further bolster his squad after a trophyless campaign at Old Trafford, and worked with Willian during his time in west London. Brazil international Willian, meanwhile, would be keen to leave Chelsea should Antonio Conte remain in charge. PSG open Lewandowski talks Paris Saint-Germain have opened talks with Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski, according to L'Equipe du Soir. They are keeping tabs on the Poland international star in case Edinson Cavani decides to leave the club this summer.  Cavani is wanted by Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone to supplement his attacking options next season, with Antoine Griezmann set to depart for Barcelona. MLS an option for Hart Joe Hart could be on his way to MLS this summer as he plots a permanent move away from Manchester City, according to The Sun. The England international has one year to run on his City contract but wants to find pastures new ahead of next season following loan spells at Torino and West Ham. And New York City have emerged as an option for Hart, with the MLS outfit likely to have to pay around £3 million ($4m) for his services. Toure set for Pellegrini reunion Yaya Toure could be set for a reunion with former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini at West Ham, according to the Daily Telegraph. Ivory Coast international Toure is leaving City this summer on a free transfer but is reportedly keen to remain in the Premier League. And Pellegrini's imminent arrival at the London Stadium is set to increase the chances of Toure joining the Irons. Wilshere set for new Arsenal deal Jack Wilshere is set to commit his future to Arsenal, according to The Mirror. With Mikel Arteta set to be confirmed as the Gunners' new boss, the midfielder is poised to sign a three-year contract, having looked likely to leave the club throughout the season. Everton, Wolves, AC Milan and Juventus had been interested in him. Alderweireld leads Man Utd's overhaul plans Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld leads Manchester United's transfer wishlist as Jose Mourinho prepares to overhaul his squad, according to the Mirror . Mourinho's second season ended without a single trophy after Chelsea downed the Red Devils in the FA Cup final.  And the manager is set to receive a pot of £250 million ($337m) to turn things around, with Alderweireld a potential target alongside the likes of Napoli's Jorginho, Fred of Shakhtar and Nice's Jean Michael Seri.  Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian are among the players who could make way in what is set to be a busy summer at Old Trafford. Cahill calls for Conte clarification Chelsea's Gary Cahill has called for a swift resolution over the future of Antonio Conte after claiming that the uncertainty harmed their chances over the course of the season. "I probably want the uncertainty to be put to bed and for whatever is going to happen, to happen," Cahill said after lifting the FA Cup at Wembley. "Naturally, we will see what happens with the club. I don’t really want to speak about it. Today is about celebrating the FA Cup. It is out of our hands. Read the full story on Goal! Emery battles Arteta for Arsenal job Unai Emery has emerged as a late contender to beat out Mikel Arteta for the Arsenal job, the Daily Mail   claims. The former Gunners midfielder remains favourite to take over from Arsene Wenger having cut his coaching teeth under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.  But Emery's trophy record with Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain has marked him out to the silverware-starved Arsenal board, and he could yet challenge Arteta with no deal having yet been struck. Real offer Bale & Kroos to seal Neymar signing Real Madrid are prepared to include Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos in a record-breaking deal to bring Neymar to the Spanish capital, claims Don Balon . Florentino Perez's overtures to Paris Saint-Germain have so far fallen on deaf ears, as the Ligue 1 champions hold out for €400 million (£349m/$471m) in order to consider a sale.  But the president will try to lower that price to €200m (£175m/$235m) by offering two world-class players as part of the deal. Roma lead the chase for Kluivert Roma have taken the lead in the race to sign Ajax star Justin Kluivert, reports  France Football. The 19-year-old striker is likely to be sold after rejecting Ajax's most recent contract offer , and has attracted interest from some of Europe's biggest clubs. But the Giallorossi have made the most progress out of any of Kluivert's suitors, and are in advanced discussions for the promising Dutch talent.  Pogba open to future PSG move Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has indicated his willingness to join Paris Saint-Germain in the future.  Speculation over the 25-year-old's future has been rampant in recent months after Pogba was occasionally benched in the second half of the season. Pogba was in Paris for a photoshoot this week, leading to more talk he could be in line for a move to the Ligue 1 champions. Read the full story on Goal! Everton hope to appoint Silva Everton are hopeful of appointing Marco Silva as their new manager this week, according to the Daily Mail. The Toffees still need to resolve an ongoing issue with Silva's former club Watford, who made a formal complaint to the Premier League when Everton approached him in January.  Silva was later sacked by the Hornets, and Everton owner Farhad Moshiri is confident that issue can be resolved before the 40-year-old takes charge at Goodison Park.  Bayern leading race for Rodrigo Bayern Munich are leading the chase for Valencia striker Rodrigo Moreno, reports Marca .  The 27-year-old has attracted interest from all over Europe after scoring 19 goals for Los Che in 2017-18.  The German side have contacted Valencia about Rodrigo's availability, with the forward likely to cost at least €60 million (£52m/$71m). Pellegrini to take over at West Ham West Ham United will name Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager by Tuesday at the latest, reports the Mirror .  The former Man City boss most recently managed in China with Hebei China Fortune, which he departed at the weekend.  The Hammers were interested in Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, but the Spaniard ultimately decided to stay put after owner Mike Ashley promised a financial windfall in the transfer market.   Napoli chief hints Sarri will leave Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis has expressed his frustration with manager Maurizio Sarri. who has yet to commit his future to the club.  " Time has run out," De Laurentiis said about his manager clarifying his future, with Sarri linked with the soon-to-be vacant job at Chelsea.  Sarri was previously reported to be nearing a new contract with Napoli, but De Laurentiis has suggested that may not be the case.  Read the full story on Goal!

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